2019 Quarter 3
Letter from the Board

My name is John Naylor and I have been an entrepreneur since 1980 starting with the advent of Western Distribution Services. In May of this year, the company was acquired by Lineage Logistics, the largest 3PL Cold Storage in the world. With that, I assumed the duties of Regional Vice President Pacific Northwest for Lineage Logistics. I am also your 2019 Board Chair of the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce...
Highlighted Events
Three Chambers
After Hours
July 25, 2019
The Three Chambers After Hours brought more than 100 business representatives from the Kent, Renton, and Southside Chambers to the Renton Red Lion for multi-Chamber mixing as well as fundraising to benefit ANEW.
PNW Future of
Retail Summit
September 13, 2019
The inaugural event in our Summit Series, the PNW Retail Summit at DoubleTree Southcenter drew nearly 100 attendees to hear our panel of industry leaders. Afterward, more than 150 retail job seekers came to fill almost 400 open positions at the Job Fair held in Westfield Southcenter.
Sea-Tac Airport
August 9, 2019
At our annual Sea-Tac Airport Luncheon , nearly 100 in-person attendees as well as 1300 online viewers heard from Managing Director Lance Lyttle and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the International Arrivals Facility.
September 25, 2019
This year's Candidates Night , held at the DoubleTree Southcenter, brought together nearly 100 citizens from the Southside region to hear from 33 candidates from the five Southside cities and the Port of Seattle.
Success Foundation Spotlight
This past summer, our Success Foundation's 2019 Student Program included six students from the Highline School District. The ten-week program was broken into two parts: the NASA ANGLeS Challenge and the Chamber's first Window into Work Program .
NASA ANGLeS Challenge

As participants in the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student (ANGLeS) Challenge, our students learned how to build, program, and drive a robot of their own design as well as fly a UAV. After many weeks of practice, they then competed at the regional competition at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Window into Work

During our Window into Work weeks, our students learned how to apply the skills they learned in a workforce setting. Site visits included Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to learn about flying drones professionally, ANEW to explore trade career options, and Boeing to tour their Renton facility.
Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, and donors
who make this program possible!
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Featured Articles
Updates on the Tourism Industry
in Seattle Southside
The Seattle Southside Visitor Center in SeaTac, Washington
Seattle Southside RTA has been wrapping up the busy summer season and gearing up for their annual fall and winter campaigns. Here are some of the recent highlights from the tourism community and what to expect in the coming months:

  • Celebrate the spooky season with festive events like the Haunted Factory Tour at Seattle Chocolate, Boo in Burien, The Museum of Fright (at The Museum of Flight), and the Pumpkin Plunge at the Tukwila Pool

  • Seattle Southside RTA recently coordinated a Media FAM trip consisting of 7 PNW writers who experienced a 3-day tour of the area visiting sites such as The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, Olympic Outdoor Center in Redondo, the Cedarbrook Lodge, and more.

  • Check out the latest episode of the Meeting Planner Tip series, and learn how incorporating unique dining experiences can enhance your next meeting.

  • According to the STR Report showing data for SeaTac, Tukwila, & Des Moines, Occupancy in August was 86% (-3%), ADR was $153.75 (-$6.1), and RevPAR was $132.30 (-$8.9). Data for October 2018: Occupancy 74.4% (Transient 50.2%, Group 11.2%, Contract 13.1%), ADR $122.63, and RevPAR $91.26.

  • The U.S. is expected to lose 1.9M inbound visitors and $11B in spending from China due to the ongoing trade war. The six largest West Coast ports have collaborated to appeal to the President. 

  • CBRE has forecasted a downward trend for U.S. hotel demand and RevPAR for the rest of 2019 and 2020, but improvement in 2021.  
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Restoring Urban Forests in
Airport Communities
Volunteers “got their green on” in the City of SeaTac recently as part of a series of planting events sponsored by the Port of Seattle. Led by non-profit Forterra and in close coordination with the City of SeaTac, 25 volunteers planted over 200 native trees, shrubs, and ground cover along the shore of Angle Lake. A second planting event was held at the Community Center next to Dottie Harper Park in Burien.

These events are a turning point in a multi-year collaborative project to involve communities near the airport (Burien, Des Moines, and SeaTac) in Forterra’s Green City Partnerships program. The program was created with the philosophy that healthy forested parks and green spaces have the power to strengthen neighborhoods, provide safe access to nature, and offer many valuable benefits to the environment.

Volunteers planted native trees, shrubs, and ground cover along the shore of Angle Lake in the city of SeaTac as part Forterra’s Green City Partnerships program, sponsored by the Port of Seattle.
The Port’s Airport Community Ecology (ACE) funding has helped to bring Burien, Des Moines, and SeaTac into the network. Forterra has collected feedback from 300 community members and is working with all three cities on Urban Forest Enhancement Plans that include a Tree Canopy Cover Assessment, a Forest Health Assessment, and findings from extensive community engagement activities in 2018. The Plans also provide a path forward to equitably increase canopy cover, preserve existing resources, and implement best practices for stewardship and restoration.

Volunteer to get your hands dirty and improve the parks in Des Moines on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m at Kiddie Park.
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